2014 Early Autumn On Santa Rosa Mountain

Within the span of one week I made two excursions to Santa Rosa Mountain in late August and early September in 2014. I’ve described this place several times in past posts, so I’ll forgo any lengthy descriptions here. For those readers not aware of these past accounts, please check out these links: 2014 June, 2015 … Read more

2017-09-16 San Simeon and North

(as far north as I could go) I drove all day Friday. It was the longest day single day of driving for this entire trip (368 miles). I left early from my camp at Gray Lodge, had breakfast in Yuba City, then drove Highway 99 to Fresno where I got off on the 41. Further … Read more

2017-08-16 Promontory​ Road

My friend Jerry drove north from Albuquerque with a plan to rendezvous with me in Layton Utah. He told me is plan was to spend the night in Green River before pushing onto the Salt Lake. I looked at the map and saw a road I’d never travelled that put me near Green River and … Read more

2017-07-15 Tioga Pass And The Importance Of “Common” Birds

June Lake, where I’ve been staying with friends, is a short drive to many great bird locations and abundant first rate scenery. Tioga Pass is the east gate to Yosemite National Park. It takes off from US-395 near Lee Vining less than 4.5 miles from north end of June Lakes Loop (CA-158). At its junction … Read more

2017-06-17~20 Cottonwood Springs (Part 2)

On my previous post I shared images of the players in the Rat Theater, but I also had some nice avian encounters during this expedition. Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves and House Finches were numerous at the water hole in the front yard of the house we’d been provided by the park services. We had Say’s Phoebes, … Read more

The Cienega at Arivaca

2016-03-25 and 26 Friday and Saturday Part of the Buenos Aires NWR, the cienega at Arivaca has been a favorite birding location of mine for more than a dozen years. I first visited this location in August 2003. New to birding and bird photography, I was lucky enough to meet the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo during this visit. The … Read more

2015-10-29 Arivaca Arizona

Arivaca is a small community in south-central Arizona with an estimated population of 900~1000 citizens. There is a watershed of 45 square miles that drains out on Arivaca Creek. The subterranean geology brings the underground stream near the surface and an unexpected marsh (cienega) with giant cottonwood trees rising from the arid landscape. A dozen … Read more